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Swan Funeral Home

1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT

OBITUARY

John J. Schofield

July 20, 1930November 5, 2019
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John J. Schofield, age 89, husband of Alice Schofield since 1953, of Old Saybrook, CT and Burke, VA passed away on November 5, 2019 in Virginia with family by his side. He was born July 20, 1930 in Goshen, NY.

John graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1952, received a Master’s degree from RPI in 1958, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut in 1967. He was a Registered Professional Engineer. He was employed by Chandler Evans Corp. in West Hartford, CT and retired in 1993. Mr. Schofield was a veteran, having served in the US Navy.

A long-time resident of Connecticut, Mr. Schofield lived in Glastonbury and Old Saybrook since the 1950s. He was a devoted husband and father, and will be missed dearly by his wife, Alice, his children Kathy Dwyer, John Schofield, Alison Steckowski, and his 7 grandchildren.

Visitation will be on November 16, 2019 from 12-2 pm at the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to:

Destroyer Escort Sailors Association (DESA) Post Office Box 488 Henderson Harbor, NY 13651

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 16, 2019

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Sandy Shute

November 12, 2019

John (and Alice) were our neighbors on Coleman Pond for over 30 years. Only a few years younger than my own parents, their children, Cathy, John and Allison were the same ages as myself and my brothers. Their grandchildren were the same ages as ours. John was an engineer, as was my father. Their family had hosted an AFS student, as did ours. John and my Dad had built the same wooden dinghy. The parallels between our two families are numerous. As my family had moved several times, Coleman Pond became the constant for our family and John and Alice became our second family. Our kids were always welcomed to drop in as were theirs in our camp. We swam together, skied together, cooked marshmallows around the campfire together, and made the trips to Lincolnville Beach for ice cream together. We took their grandkids water skiing and John taught our son how to clean fish. John even answered the door at midnight, having gone to bed hours earlier, as we needed to borrow money to pay a cab which Trent had hired due to a cancelled flight (neither of us happened to have $50 in our pocket that night)! And, after the kids were grown, I was always welcomed at their camp for a glass of Riesling. All these memories are so dear to me and our family. John was more than a neighbor. He was a dear friend and we will miss him.

Alison Steckowski

November 10, 2019

Dad touched so many lives including but not limited to Mom and all of us kids and grandchildren. His interests ranged from The Navy to woodworking to the camp in Maine to his home in Old Saybrook to learning Italian to staying in touch with family and friends. And in all of those interests he had adventures and made friends that he so obviously enjoyed. Thanks for all you taught me, Dad. I miss you so much.

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